Learning Resources for students
- The Getting Your Message Across in Science site provides guidelines and examples of how to give a successful oral presentation and how to make a poster. Authentic footage of student presentations given in the School of Biological Sciences is used to illustrate the skills of presenting. In addition, activities in evaluating both oral presentations and posters are included.
- The Write Site provides online support to help you develop your academic and professional writing skills. There are modules on grammar, using sources and structuring assignments.
- The WRiSE (Writing a Report in Science and Engineering) site is an online learning environment designed to help you develop and improve your report writing skills in science and engineering.
- The iWrite site contains interactive tutorials to help engineering students to improve their assignment writing across the undergraduate years. It is especially useful for students writing their 3rd or 4th year thesis or project report.
- Help Yourself provides quick answers to the most common questions and problems for students, from first year undergraduates to PhD students. It also includes links to follow for more detailed information.
- The Clearer Writing site is an on-line interactive course to improve the clarity of your writing, with a particular focus on well-structured and coherent paragraphs.
Strategies for Successful Students
- Module 1: Academic Reading Strategies
- Module 2: Writing in an Academic Style
- Module 3:Clearer Writing
- Module 4: Planning and Writing an Essay
- Module 5: Analytical Writing
- Module 6: Writing an Argument
- Module 7: Structuring an Argument
- Module 8: Language Resources for Argument Writing
- Module 9: Using Evidence in Essays
- Module 10: Managing Your Time
Orientation Lecture Notes
These notes are for new first year undergraduate students.
- Strategies for Successful Learning
- Strategies for Successful Learning (PowerPoint presentation)
- Successful Essay Writing in Your First Year
- Developing Critical Thinking Skills
- Developing Critical Thinking Skills - PowerPoint presentation from lecture
- Collaborative Learning
- Collaborative Learning - PowerPoint presentation from lecture
- Successful Report Writing at University
- Report Writing in the Social Sciences - PowerPoint presentation from lecture
- Lectures and How to Use Them
- Learning About Plagiarism
- Avoiding Plagiarism - PowerPoint presentation from lecture
- Oral Presentations - PowerPoint presentation from lecture
- What is this thing called university?
- So many books, so little time... A guide to reading at university
- Guidelines for Referencing
- Analysing an Essay Question
- Analytical Writing
- Developing and Supporting an Argument
- Planning and Structuring an Essay
Help with Report Writing in the Sciences
- How to Write a Laboratory Report
- Report writing in psychology
- Writing a report in science and engineering (WRISE)
Introduction to Reading in Biology
- This site is designed to assist you to develop the general and critical reading skills you need to help you with report writing.
Resources for Postgraduate Research Students Students
This document provides models and guidelines for writing a thesis proposal with particular emphasis on the introductory stage and the expression of aims, research questions or hypotheses.
Research and Information Skills
Visit the University of Sydney Library's "Research and Information Skills" website. The Library provides a range of programs and services to help you in your studies and research.
Links to Other Sites
Annotated links to Australian or overseas websites which not only inform, but try to instruct or teach academic writing skills. These sites can help you develop different aspects of the academic writing skills you need as a University of Sydney student.